Most employers and business owners realise that they have to do something to keep people safe at work.
The problem is that most are also unsure about what they need to do or how far they need to go to get things right. There are endless pieces of help & advice available but most of it is full of blurb and doesn’t clarify exactly how far an employer needs to go to keep on the right side of compliance.
This then becomes confusing which forces business owners to “park” Health & Safety for another day. It slips to the bottom of the in-tray and often sits there, with no improvements made, until something goes wrong. Of course, by then it’s too late and business owners are left ruing the day that they decided to “deal with Health & Safety later”.
The Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA – 1974) details a number of duties which employers are to undertake in order to control and reduce the risks to employees and anyone else affected by their workplace activities.
These duties are qualified by the words “so far as is reasonably practicable” – but what does this mean? Are you able to demonstrate that you have done enough to satisfy the requirements of the legislation, guidance and approved codes of practices which support the Act?
Going some way in satisfying the requirements goes an awful long way should you ever be required to demonstrate how you comply – going no way in complying simply will not be accepted.